What’s in my beach bag?

Hello my pretty lil berries!

I am back with another “summer-themed” post and this time I thought I would take you to the beach with me or at least a speck of what I do and bring to the beach with me.

Most of the time I just want to go out and relax by the seaside and very well away from the water. Sometimes, I would cool down in the ocean or lake or wherever I am on that day but 80% of the time I’m on land. You’re probably wondering as to why I go to the beach and not go in the water all the time and that is because my skin is quite sensitive and can easily be irritated. Also, I didn’t want my sunscreen to wash off and further risk of having burnt and itchy red skin for the rest of the day.

Today, I will show you the essentials and what I bring to the beach to keep myself entertained and whomever else I’m going with. I hope you all enjoy this post and make sure to say hi in the comments below =)

By the way, I did mention this already in my video but bathing suits and cover-up are pretty much a top essential for me but I didn’t see the point of showing it in the video or in this blogpost because I already wear those when I go to the beach. BUT if you want to see what are my favourite bikinis and cover ups just let me know and I will work on that.

Anyways, like I said, I usually have my bathing suit on already under some kind of a cover up before I get to the beach because I just feel more comfortable to have something to throw on top of your bathing suit unless you are not shy and don’t give a f*^%#$ what people thinks then you go girl! It also just saves time and less hassle to go and find change rooms to put on my bathing suit. Let me know what is you favourite bathing suit and if you have any tips for certain body shapes! =)

Here is the bag that I usually use and carries all my essentials. I got it from a local market in Hawaii when we went there last year. It’s made from this weaved-ish texture that makes it extra sturdy and it has those very thick twisted ropes. Just look at it! it just screams “summer is here and time to get out of hibernation!

 

 

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Here is what’s inside my beach bag:

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Wet ones

I’m a bit of a germaphobe and I seem to always have the need to wash my hands so if I’m at the beach and I’m going to eat or if my feet got too dirty then I just take a couple of this bad boy and I’m a happy, germ-free gal=)

Beach Towel

I just need a beach towel to sit on while I read a book or listen to my music. Not much to say.

Sunscreen

I use a different sunscreen for my body and face. The Nature Republic SPF 50++ is my current favourite for applying on my face. It doesn’t cause me any breakouts and it doesn’t leave that oily feeling that other sunscreens usually have. It is very light as well and easily gets absorbed on the skin.

As for the rest of my body, I have been loving the Hawaiian Tropics Sunscreen. I specifically like the lotion version (hate the aerosol version, it stinks and sticky on the skin) because of it’s hydrating properties and the smell is heavenly. It does have some microscopic shimmer which makes your skin glow and flawless.

Sunglasses & Case

I live for sunglasses! I have to have it all the time and I never leave the house without one and so should you. You have to protect you eyes and your eye area since the skin around your eyes is very thin and too much exposure under the sun can cause premature wrinkles and nobody wants that right? unless you do then forget the sunglasses.

I always have one stored in the car, another one in my large purse, another one on my smaller purse and more in my apartment (just in case). Before I forget, I never spend too much on my sunglasses since I will break them and I will just cry if it was an expensive brand. The one I have on the photo above is from Boathouse and I spent $10 on it whatta deal!

Of course, I still carry a case with me to keep my sunnies protected  but I got to be honest, I’m really bad at remembering to bring it with me, hence the broken sunnies but I do try to make a habit of it.

Entertainment

I like reading at the beach so I bring my Kobo with me to catch up on my reading. As for the notebook, I usually write blog post and Youtube ideas or just doodle. I got my notebook and Kobo at Chapters.

 

 
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Small make-up bag

Since my beach bag is huge and it has no pockets, I usually have a hard time finding things in my beach bag. I got mine from La Senza a while back, but it fits all the small things that I need to bring with me and I never have to spend 10 minutes to look for my chapstick.

E.L.F. Shine Eraser

I have to say this has kept me shine free and it’s only $1.00!! Now, get yourself online and stack up on these babies, I know I have=)

Chapstick w/ spf

Taking care of your lips is just as important as the rest of your body especially since it is more sensitive and the skin on your lips is thinner than the rest of your body. I would suggest to always keep a chapstick with spf on hand whenever you go out.

The one I am currently using is the Blistex Moisture Melt with an spf of 15 (you can’t even tell from the photo because it’s rubbed off). I re-apply every time I eat or drink to ensure that I always have protection on my lips. I believe you can also buy ones that have some tint on them so that you don’t look so washed out or dull.

Evian Facial Spray

Simple product yet you don’t realize how much you need it until you run out of it (tell me you haven’t experienced anything like that!) It doesn’t cost very much compared to the other water-based facial spray out in the market so I’d say stack up on these as well.

Earphones & pen

I like listening to music when I’m just laying under the sun and doodling or writing ideas for a blogpost/Youtube video so I need my earphones and a pen  (see notebook previous photo).

 

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Snacks

I specifically wanted to mention my current favourite snack which is Annie’s White Cheddar Bunnies (unfortunately I finished them all today..) since it is one of the many food that I bring to the beach with me. I almost always have fruits with me if I go to the beach but I just didn’t have one when I was writing this blogpost but it’s great to have snacks to munch on while enjoying the sun.

Water bottle

Having a handy water bottle while in the beach is always a good thing. It keeps you away from craving frozen sugary drinks and the water will keep you hydrated all day. I use the Swell water bottle, which keeps my water cold all day even if it’s sweltering hot outside.

 

 

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Phone & Wallet

I can’t go anywhere without my wallet or phone so I thought I’d quickly show you that as well. You never know when you would need your wallet and I need my phone for music and such.

 

That is all! I hope you enjoyed this and I would really love it if you guys can come by my Youtube channel to see my new video! Also, let me know what you want to see next=)

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See you all on my next post! Hope you’re all having a great weekend!=)

 

XOXO,

Joy

Summer Lookbook 2015 // Berryprettyjoy (and a surprise!)

Hello my pretty berries!

Long time no blog! I know I have been MIA for months and I have no excuse for that but ya know how it is, life’s been getting in the way and there just seems to be not enough hours in a day for me to do everything I want to accomplish and it’s partially because I am the queen of procrastination. Anyways, the important thing is I am back and I have got a lot of things in store for all of you.

I will try to work really hard on posting more on my blog as well as film videos on my Youtube channel. I just need advice on how you all stay on track with your blog posts while still working or going to school all at the same time.

 

Okay okay back to the topic, so since it’s summer and it’s very hot outside, I thought it’s about time I post a summer fashion segment in my blog BUT okay wait for it….wait for it…..it’s actually a collab with my very good friend Archie! *cheers*hoorahh* =) She will actually be featuring me as her guest blogger in her website and I couldn’t be happier. Her Blog is http://saychiees.com and it focuses on lifestyle, food, books and many more.Screen Shot 2015-06-17 at 11.18.20 PM

She will be posting up the photos and details of all my outfits and where I got them from. You can also check it out on my Youtube channel if you want.

I hope you all enjoyed this refreshing new post as I haven’t done fashion segments or any collabs yet. I would love to hear your comments and feedbacks. Also, don’t forget to check out my Youtube channel if you would like to see the detailed shots of each item that I was wearing in the photos above. Here’s a little preview: (you have to check out Archie’s post to see it in all of it’s glory)

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I love you all and I will see you guys on my next post!!

 

XOXO,

Joy

Simple Eye Make-up Look ft. Urban Decay Naked Basics

Hey my pretty berries,

I just posted up a new video on my channel!! I would really love it if you can all check it out and show some support for your gal over here =)

It’s a really simple eye look for those who doesn’t have a lot of time getting ready or if you’re someone that is just starting with make up because it’s so easy you can literally get this done in 5 minutes or less. Obviously, I took longer because I wanted to be really precise and specific with the tutorial but if I’m in a rush I can do this real fast!

I hope you all enjoy it and please like and subscribe to see more videos in the future.

YOUTUBE LINK: http://youtu.be/hYjNLJRC7Lc

 

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Until next time,

Joy

JANUARY 2015 FAVORITES ~!

Hello my pretty berries,

This is it my first monthly favorites for 2015 (duh it’s on January…)! I am so excited to be doing this because I love reading and watching other people’s monthly favorites and here I am posting mine to share with all of you.

Once again, I am doing a blog post plus Youtube video for my January Favorites so I would truly appreciate it if you can check out my channel if you like to watch me chit chat =)

Let me tell you, I bow down to all those people that make it look so effortless and easy. I had to take the week off from all the posting and filming because I was so unorganized and all over the place that I need to pause and get myself together. So now I’m back with a better scheduling plan and deadlines that I hope I can actually commit to. Let me know if you share the same struggle as me. =P

Anyways, let’s get back to business! Below are the products that I have been loving this month and some are actually products that I’ve used for more than a month. My last favourites post was back in October so since then I have discovered new things.

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YOUTUBE LINK: http://youtu.be/HsqsWFK4gI4

MAKE UP

Kiehl’s Lip Balm #1

So before we go any further, you will realize that I am very much focused on moisturizing anything that is dry and reviving my dull, lifeless looking skin. Of course, any lipbalm would probably work but I specifically reach for my Kiehl’s Lipbalm because it’s very moisturizing and not sticky. I feel like it’s the one I need for some intense moisture treatment without having that heavy and sticky feel of a lipbalm

E.L.F.  Mineral Lip Tint – Guava

The E.L.F. Mineral Lip Tint is my daytime lipbalm because of the extra pop of color! It has the same exact texture and feel as my Kiehl’s lipbalm but the only difference is the price and this one obviously gives me a slight tint on the lips. I really want to get all the shades that they have online!

E.L.F. Baked Blush – Pinktastic

They categorized this as a blush but I think it’s too sheer and too reflective for a blush so I just used it as a highlight which works amazingly. It blends easily and melts with the rest of my face make-up  like nobody’s business. It’s great for the gloomy days where you really need to look more glowy and alive (unlike the horrible cold weather).

Physician’s Formula Custom Eye Enhancing Eyeliner Trio

This is probably the best drugstore purchase I’ve ever done because the quality is very much comparable to high-end eyeliners and I’m just a fan of anything that twists up. Not to mention they’re so pigmented and it glides nicely on the eye area without tugging or pulling; you don’t want them premature wrinkles!!

Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick – Outlaw

I know this is a rare moment for me to even choose just one lip favorite since I do love my lippies but I managed to pick one that I have been rocking all month long and that is the Kat Von D Liquid Lipstick in the shade outlaw. It’s so long lasting and it doesn’t dry out my lips either.

HAIR

Pantene Silk Moisture Whip

It’s pretty much a leave-in conditioner and protectant for the hair. It smells great and my hair has never felt softer since I’ve found this baby. If there is one thing that you’re thinking of trying out then I say you go run to the nearest drugstore and get your hand on this. Just a heads up, it dispenses just like a whip cream container and you got to shake it everytime you have to use it to properly deposit the product.

Nume White Truffle Hair Primer

This came with my Nume Lustrum Set that I got a couple months ago and I use to this alternatively with my Pantene Silk Moisture Whip mainly because I don’t want to run out of it and it’s kind of pricey if I just purchase it on the Nume website. It’s more of an oil rather than a creamy whipped texture but it does work the same although I’ve learned that it performs better if I put it on wet hair and then blow dry it rather than applying it when my hair is already dry. I just don’t think the oil gets absorb as well as when my hair is dried already.

SKINCARE

Body Shop Vitamin E Moisture Cream

Sticking with the whole moisturizing topic, The Body Shop Vitamin E Moisture Cream has been nothing but good to me especially for those cold spells that we’ve been having here. So far it hasn’t broken me out nor has it irritated my skin which is a big thing when it comes to face moisturizers. I use only Cetaphil for years and I do still use it but I just wanted to try something new and I can be more happier that I stumbled upon this moisture cream. The vitamin e also acts a a barrier for the skin that helps with looking youthful and brighter.

Josie Maran 100% Argan Oil

Yes yes I know this is such an expensive product and some people would probably not want to splurge for a bottle of oil and I got to say you can probably find a cheaper Argan Oil somewhere else but I  just happened to have this one. I only use this for special events or rougher skin days where I really want to get that really soft and moisturized skin. Sometimes, I use it for the rest of my body and it gives me the most luminous, “Victoria Secret-esque” glow.

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The Body Shop Shea Body Butter

Oh my goodness, you have to see my Youtube video to see for yourself how much I have used this body butter. Seriously, the entire month of January I only used this and nothing else and I am almost done with it. I think I want to get the larger tub that you can get from the Body Shop just to stock up but the smart buyer in me just wants to wait for a really good sale to come up at The Body Shop. The scent of it is so settle and not overpowering at! The Shea Butter doesn’t irritate my skin as well so that’s always a bonus.

Brush Guards

I don’t know how I washed my make up brushes before without these brush guards. It just makes a world of a difference with re-shaping my make up brushes and helping them stay right up when it’s drying.

Crabtree & Evelyn Hand Lotion – Evelyn Rose

Not much to say about this but it has not left my purse when I go out and stays by my bedside when I’m just home. That should be enough to tell you how much I love this lotion mainly because it smells good and yes it is moisturizing too (I feel so repetitive…)

Sephora Daily Brush Cleaner

Aside from focusing on moisturizing my face and body this month, I have also been busy being a germaphobe. Therefore, I need to have a spot cleaner to clean my make up brushes in between uses and sometimes I would actually spray alcohol on the bristles of my brushes (i know it can dry out brushes but I can’t help it) when I remember. I do think that everyone should be spot cleaning their make-up tools since it is what you always use on the face and it absorbs the oil and dirt the most.

Michael Kors Perfume – Sexy Rio De Janeiro

Lastly, my current favorite scent is this sexy Rio De Janeiro perfume by Michael Kors. It’s potent and a little goes a long way. Also, it has this musky scent that I don’t typically go for but this one has a more feminine touch to it that I just cant quite explain but I like it is all that matter right?

Oh my goodness, if you are still with me please like this blog because this is superrr long and I appreciate you reaching it all the way to the end. Also, I just want to thank you all those that have been supporting me on my blog and Youtube journey and I truly appreciate all those who subscribed to me and followed me =) and for those of you who haven’t done those yet then what else are you waiting for!!?!?!? follow me to see more amazing videos and blog posts!

Until next time my beautiful little berries,

Joy ❤

Current Foundation Routine 2015

Hello my pretty berries,

This is my first ever foundation routine to put up on my blog and I am so excited to be doing this. I am in no way a professional make-up artist but this is the method and steps that I take to put on my foundation. I think it works well and I have been doing the same routine for a while although I do like to change it up once in a while depending on my skin and my mood.

I hope you all enjoy this post and let me know what you would like to see me post next. Also, here is a link to my Youtube Channel where I did show exactly how I did my Foundation Routine so you can check that out as well!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cgGWjeJsWOY

 

The very first thing I do is apply a face primer and right now I am obsessing with the Maybelline Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser. It covers my pores and smoothes the entire face which creates this perfect canvas to work with. I focus the product mainly on the centre of my face and work my way outwards while slightly pressing the product on my face rather than wiping.2268948

 

Next, I take my foundation and right now I’m using the Urban Decay Naked Skin Foundation in the shade 4.0. It claims to be a weightless ultra definition  liquid make-up which is pretty accurate. It’s the perfect match for me at the moment and it doesn’t dry out my face. The foundation has a dewy finish which I love since I have very dry skin and I can use the extra moisture and glow from the foundation. Nobody wants to look dull! Let me know if you would like to see a more in-depth review of this product and I will go ahead and do that=)

 

 

 

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Going forward, I typically use a stippling brush for my foundation for a lighter application but I sometimes use a wet sponge that I bought from Quo Cosmetics (it’s kind of like the beauty blender). It really depends on how I feel that day. Today, I used the Quo Foundation Sponge to apply my foundation.

 

 

 

At this point, I conceal my blemishes and under eye area. For that, I have been using the Revlon Blemish Concealer in the shade light/medium Then, I continue to use my Urban Decay Concealer stick in the shade “FBI” for the blemishes, dark spots or old scars. As for my under eyes, I use my NYX Full coverage concealer and lightly pat it under my dark circles =( blehhd_18462

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Once everything is even then I take a translucent powder and the one I have been using lately is the ELF HD Powder. I use fluffy brush that I got from Icing and lightly pat it all over my face and neck. I swear this stuff keeps me shine free for hours without clinging on any of my dry areas. 20150114_215558

 

Then, I will finish up the rest of my face: bronzer,blush,etc..

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Revlon Cream Blush in Berry Flirtatous

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E.L.F. Baked Blush in Pinktastic

The Balm Bahama Mama Bronzer

The Balm Bahama Mama Bronzer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The very last thing that I do is use a facial spray to set everything in place. I am loving the Urban Decay All Nighter Make-up setting spray. Remember to keep it at least 10 inches away from your face to properly diffuse the product and allow it to fully dry before touching your face because that may ruin your make-up.

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That is it for me today my pretty berries! Don’t forget to comment and like =) I will see you on my next blog post and don’t forget to  visit my Youtube Channel as well:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cgGWjeJsWOY

 

Kisses,

Joy

Huge E.L.F. Cosmetics Haul!!!

Hello my pretty berries,

I am here again with another video post plus blog post featuring the MASSIVE E.L.F. package that I got in the mail a couple days ago. I just want to disclose it out there that all the products that I will mention are all purchased by me and it is not sponsored in any way. I did make an order when they had a 50% sitewide sale (I suggest you wait for those kind of flash sales because you can get more for your buck)

I do hope that you show me just as much support here in my blogs to my Youtube videos. I am still getting use to it but I am having so much fun filming and seeing all of you watching them and enjoying it. I will leave the Youtube link of the video for the haul that I did and I have posted some product photos and colour swatches. I hope you all enjoy and make sure you follow me and subscribe to my channel as well. =)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MRd8vb1Tf7E

FACE

Pressed Mineral Blush – $5.00/each

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(left to right) Wanderlust & Cabo Cabana

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(left to right) Wanderlust & Cabo Cabana

Blush Palette – $6.00

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in the shade “dark”


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Contouring blush & Bronzing Powder -$3.00/each

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In the shade “Antigua

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In the shade “Turks & Caicos”

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HD Lifting Concealer – $3.00/each

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In the shades “Brightening(top) & Fair(bottom)”

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High Definition Powder – $6.00

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In the shade “sheer”

EYES

Eyelid Primer – Champagne $1.00

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In the shade “champagne”

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Smudge Pot – $3.00/each

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LEFT TO RIGHT: Brownie Points, Cruisin Chic, Ain’t that sweet?

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Prism Eyeshadow – $10.00

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In the shade “Naked”

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Eye Brightener – $3.00

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In the shade ‘Buff”

High Definition Undereye Setting Powder – $3.00

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In the shade “Sheer”

LIPS

Lip balm tint – Grapefruit $2.00

Moisturizing lip tint – Guave $3.00

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20150114_223256 In the shade “Grapefruit (left) & Guava (right)”

Matte lip color – Tea rose $3.00

Matte lip color – Rich red $3.00

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In the shade “Tea Rose (top) & Rich Red (bottom)”

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Miscellaneous

Blending Wedges, Shine Eraser & Dual Pencil Sharpener (all retails for $1.00 each)

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Make-up Brushes (all retails for $3.00)

Powder brush

Small tapered brush

Angled blush brush

Flawless concealer brush

Small stipple brush

THAT IS ALL!! phewww this is the longest and probably most work I’ve done so far in a blog or video. I hope you enjoyed reading it and be sure to click the link to my Youtube Channel to see me chit chat and get excited with all the make-up that I got.

Also, you can purchase all the products I have mention in the E.L.F. Website: http://www.eyeslipsface.com

Until next time and be sure to let me know if there are other products out there that I should try and what product reviews are you looking to see next time=)

Kisses,

Joy

Disclaimer: All photos and swatches are taken by me and cannot be copied or used without my permission.

Quick & Easy Make-up Look

Hello my pretty berries,

I felt like doing a full make-up routine of what I would wear if I’m just running errands or go to the supermarket but I don’t want to look like a zombie with pale and lifeless looking skin. So I thought I would do a quick make-up look for when you just want to look put together and look like you had tons of sleep (even if you didn’t).

I can say that I can pretty much say that I can get this done in 10 mins or less depending on how quickly I got to get out of the door. At the beginning, it was a real challenge for me to get ready in such a short amount of time and look decent but after a while I learned that I would much rather spend the extra 20 minutes that I have for sleeping (raise your hand if you’re like me!)

As I always say in my make-up tutorials, I am not a professional make-up artist but this is just how I find the easiest way to get ready in a short time. Also, it depends on what is more important for you, for example maybe you can absolutely cannot get out the house without getting your eyebrows done or  putting on false lashes. So in my case, I have done the “Get out the door” Look in the order that I feel is more important for me so in case that I had to get out the door and I had to stop and leave then I know that I have done the most important things that I want to do first.

This can probably a really good idea to do for those of you who are either a mom or a student or late for work because I’m sure it’s not everyday that we all have the luxury to take 2 hours to get ready. So I hope that you enjoy and don’t forget to comment and like =)

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When I’m in a rush a really good BB cream is my bestfriend because it’s everything I need in one product which means I can get ready faster. Although I haven’t found the perfect BB Cream that I can absolutely say I can’t live without I still haven’t given hope because I really do like the entire concept of the BB Cream. Please please let me know if you have tried other BB Creams that you liked so that I can check it out! For now, I have the Garnier BB Cream in “light/medium” which is decent and gives enough coverage. I just use my fingers and apply it on my face just like how I would if I put on my moisturizer.

 

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Then, I apply a brightening concealer around the under eye area using my ring finger. It helps a lot with making the overall look alive and looks like I just had 12 hours of sleep.

 

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After, you can set your entire face with a powder that can add a bit more coverage. I used The Mac Mineralize Skin Finish in Medium Plus to add a bit more extra coverage and helps to have a more flawless look.

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Then, I quickly move to doing my eyebrows and applying my mascara. I use my Maybelline Define-A-Brow because it is so much faster to do my eyebrows using a pencil form and the L’Oreal Voluminous Lashes mascara is my current favourite right now.

 

 

 

 

If I still I have time, then I will put on some bronzer and blush (which usually doesn’t take that long). The Physician Formula BB Bronzer and the Lancome Blush in “Sheer Amourose”

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Now, I am ready to get out the door and do what I gotta do and the best part is that I look well rested (even though I’m not). Let me know in the comments below what you would do when you’re in a rush and still want to look somewhat put together.

See you all on my next blog post!

 

Kisses,

Joy